This fabulous mid 19th century mourning bracelet is made in 10k rose gold and black enamel. The front of the bracelet features a lily of the valley detailed with luminous seed pearls. The lily of the valley, sometimes known as the "ladder to heaven", represents the tears of the Virgin Mary and is often seen adorning mourning jewelry from the Victorian period. Each side of the bracelet is decorated with a pretty textured ground beneath what appears to be an abstract rendering of a newly sprouted plant. The edges, hinge, and clasp are decorated with zigzag engraving, and the interior is engraved for "G.D. Linton."
10k rose gold, black enamel, seed pearls
6.5" inner circumference, 5/8" wide
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1837 — 1901
Floriography allowed the Victorians to communicate their desires without saying anything at all.